Under Obama, the US may send 20,000 more troops and encourage talks with the Taliban in an effort to reclaim the upper hand in Afghanistan.
Pakistan asked the IMF for a loan Wednesday, after allies rebuffed its requests for aid.
Pakistan weighs asking the IMF for a loan, while continuing to battle militants in Swat and Bajaur in the northwest.
In a switch from its efforts to negotiate, the three-month-old government launched an offensive in the North West Frontier Province amid a growing threat to a major city.
Foreign Relations Committee hearing comes a day after the release of two critical reports.